Chore Lists for Tweens and Teens Over the Summer

Summer is almost here!! Here in Michigan we have the rest of this week and all of next week and then it’s no more school until September! I can’t tell you how excited I am to not have to set my alarm or to make school lunches. The kids are also excited to be out of school. With no school, they can play outside more, watch more TV and play video games. One thing I will be starting this summer, that I have been meaning to do all year, but haven’t, are chore lists. I think the chore list will help things run a little more smoothly and give them a little responsibility while they’re at it!

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Chore Lists for Tweens and Teens

The one thing I really hate, as a mother, is when I have to nag the kids to do something. I don’t want to do that. They don’t want to listen to it. But what they do want, is for me to take them to the park program every single day, let them watch TV and play video games whenever they want. Quite frankly, that is what I would like too. I like them running around outside all day long and I don’t mind the TV and video game time when they are indoors…but, when I do start minding all that is when I have to ask them repeatedly to do something.

How Will Chore Lists Help?

By setting up chore lists with a things daily that I expect them to do, they will know that if they complete their tasks each morning, then they will have the rest of the day to do the things that they want. Not only that, but they will learn to be more responsible and to prioritize their time. For instance, the park program starts at 10 am, Monday through Friday. They will know that if they want to go to the park program at 10 am, then they will need to eat, brush their teeth, and complete their daily chores. If the chores aren’t completed, they don’t go. They will have a chance to go to the 2 pm park program instead.

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I picked up this magnetic pad to put their chore lists on. It is currently marked down super cheap right now, so I would pick it up if you like this idea! My idea is to put their initial next to a couple chores each day. That way they know which one has to complete the chore.

Types of Chores

My kids are 10 and almost 13 (next week!!). A few of the chores I am thinking about are:

  • Unload the dishwasher
  • Load the dishwasher
  • Put clothes away
  • Sweep the floor
  • Wipe the counters
  • Wipe the kitchen table

I’m not looking to give them massive jobs that will take hours. Just little jobs that help with the day to day running of our household. Since I will be driving them all over the city for the park program, lacrosse practices, etc., giving them these little jobs will help me, as much as it will help them!


How to Fix Chlorine Damaged Hair

A few weeks ago, we were in Lansing, Michigan for my son’s lacrosse tournament. After the games on Saturday, the kids all went swimming. They were having a blast playing in the pool, running outside and playing basketball, and hopping in and out of the hot tub. Thankfully they didn’t have any adults in the actual pool or hot tub to bother with all their cannon balls (yes…they did cannon balls in the hot tub too) and splashing! What I didn’t expect to happen, was have my daughters hair completely destroyed by the chlorine. Not after one time in the pool. Here’s how we fixed her chlorine damaged hair.

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To see her hair so damaged after one trip to the pool was very confusing to me. She has spent all summer in the pool before and never had any damage at all. This one trip completely destroyed her hair. Imagine someone that tries bleaching their hair at home and they leave it on too long. Her hair was FRIED. I could barely get a Wet Brushchlorine damaged through it. And when I say  barely, I actually mean, at all. It was horrible. This hotel pool had WAY too much chlorine in it. Of course, I completely forgot to have her get her hair wet with fresh water first, but I really don’t know that it would have helped much.

How to Fix Chlorine Damaged Hair

I knew that I needed to strip the chlorine out of her hair. A friend told me to use baking soda or the blue Dawn dish soap, but I didn’t have it. While I was out shopping, I was next door to a beauty supply store so I walked in and asked a few questions. She quickly recommended a clarifying treatment that will strip residue from products, chlorine and other things from the hair. I also picked up a deep conditioning mask that she said works wonders.

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I picked up those three things and that evening, Bella and I got to work on her hair. We followed the directions on the clarifying treatment and once we shampooed it out, her hair was already starting to feel better. After two deep conditioning treatments (one week apart), I can happily report that her hair is back to normal and is no longer chlorine damaged!  The only thing we need to do is get a trim, but we were going to get that done soon anyway!

You can put a plastic bag or shower cap over the conditioning treatment, but it’s not necessary. We did use a shower cap, but only because I had one on hand that my husband brought home from a hotel he stayed at. I picked up these shower capschlorine damaged. They are on a super sale right now! Get them while the sale lasts!

Since I worked so hard to get her hair back to normal, I want to make sure it stays that way. These are our daily hair products that we both use and I highly recommend.

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What are your favorite and must have hair products?

Family Fun Night Plans

One of the things I like, more than anything else in this world, is family time. I crave it. Literally. Between having a husband that travels a ton for work and two kids that are both in travel sports, we don’t have a lot of family time. So, as you can imagine, the time we do have together, I want it to be special and fun! As often as we can, we plan a family fun night. The kids love them and so do we!

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Planning a Family Fun Night

To be honest, there are times that we do something really low key like pizza and a movie from the movie rental place…they still exist! The kids enjoy walking up and down the aisles looking for a movie. Zack usually disappears in the video game section, while Bella is trying to find some 80’s or 90’s movie that I used to watch like The Gooniesfamily fun night. I love that she wants to watch all the movies I grew up watching! If you are looking for movies with a faith based background, then check out Pure Flix’s collection of Christian movies.

I will admit, we love video games in our house. Some really fun, family friendly video games that we enjoy are:

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When we are planning a family fun night, at least one of those games (usually Mario Cart) is on the list of things to do. The fun part is how competitive we are with each other. The kids laugh so hard when I tell them they’re going down! If you are a fan of the Lego video games, then you really need to consider the Jurassic World Lego game. It’s my favorite out of ALL the Lego video games!

If we aren’t playing video games, then we love to play board games. One of my FAVORITE things about Christmas is when we are with our entire extended family and we sit around and play board games. It’s so loud, but fun. It’s because of those times, that my kids always want to play a board game on our family fun night. Some board games we like are:

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In my opinion, and if you ask my kids, it is truly essential to plan a family fun night as much as possible. Not only are they fun, but the things your kids will remember when they are older are all the fun times you had together as a family.

What is your favorite family fun night activity?

Save Money with Groupon Coupons!

I’ve said it before, part of my job description as a wife and mother is to save my family as much money as possible. When out shopping, I don’t pay a thing until I’ve searched online for a coupon that I can use. The same is true when I am shopping online. In my head, I can’t help but think that they wouldn’t have coupon codes if the stores didn’t want you to save the money! So why not take that extra minute to do a quick search?!? One thing I really like to do, and highly recommend, is to save money using Groupon Coupons.

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Recently, my son got a concussion during a lacrosse game. This was our first time every dealing with a concussion. While researching the best things to feed my son and what to do for him while he is recovering, I read and was told by many people to pick up a really good fish oil for him. Apparently the fish oil will help heal the brain. The brand recommended to me was Barlean’s.

Thankfully I was able to pick this up at a local health food store near me. Since I was in such a rush to get it, I didn’t even look for a coupon. I know…the horror! Now that my son is getting better, and I am able to think a little more clearly, I started looking at my favorite place for coupons…Groupon Coupons! Imagine my delight when I see that one of my favorite online retailers (Vitacost) has 36 coupons available!

There are a wide variety of coupons available with Groupon Coupons. Some retailers you will find are:

  • Home Depot
  • Hertz
  • Kate Spade
  • Kohls
  • 23 and Me (which I am VERY interested in checking out)

These are just a few of the retailers available. Whether you are booking a car, ordering vitamins or shopping for summer clothes, Groupon Coupons can help you save money! And we all love saving money!!

How did you save money with Groupon Coupons?

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Discount Glasses and Contacts – How to Save Money

When I received a note from my daughters school letting me know that she did not pass the state mandated eye exam, I kind of freaked out. She was only in Kindergarten at the time and all I kept thinking was, “I don’t want her made fun of like I was“. You see, when I got glasses, I was in 4th grade and barely anyone had glasses. I heard things like, “hey four eyes” or “you look like a teacher now“, all the time. It was so embarrassing. Oh…and, did I mention, when I was in 4th grade, it was 1989? You can imagine what my glasses looked like! Besides freaking out about how others would treat her, I couldn’t help but think about the cost. Three of us in glasses and/or contacts now? Thankfully there are sites where you can get discount glasses and contacts.

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Discount Glasses and Contacts?

You read that right! Saving money on glasses and contacts is extremely important. Especially with kids. As active as my daughter is, things happen on recess and glasses get broken or contacts blow out of your eyes (that actually happened to me in 7th grade…not even joking). So buying discount glasses and contacts make those accidents less of a problem and easier for you to purchase a new pair.

About Discount Glasses

Not only are the glasses at Discount Glasses the lowest price on eyeglasses guaranteed, but every order includes free prescription lenses! There are upgrades you can add to your order like Transition lenses, prescription sunglasses, and more. Other crazy good perks of buying your eyeglasses at Discount Glasses are:

  • Frames start as low as $29 per complete pair
  • Free shipping on ANY size order
  • 365 day return policy

I remember when we got my daughter her first pair of glasses. We opted to add Transition lenses to her glasses. Thankfully we had vision insurance at the time. When it was all said and done, the total for her order was over $349. Like I said, I was very thankful that we had vision insurance. I couldn’t imagine paying that kind of money to put glasses on a 5 year old. Now that there are three of us in the house wearing glasses, saving money with Discount Glasses is top priority!

About Discount Contact Lenses

Like most people that wear glasses, I also wear contact lenses. Eventually, one day, my daughter will want to wear contacts too. Thankfully, there is a discount contact lenses site! I am all about saving money where I can, especially on things I throw away! Just like Discount Glasses, Discount Contact Lenses has the lowest prices on contact lenses guaranteed. That includes a price match policy! Other perks include:

  • Free shipping on orders over $99 (overnight shipping available too)
  • All orders place on the mobile app gets 10% off (iTunes and Google Play)

If you would like to place an order, be sure to use the coupon code BLOGDCLDG10. It saves you 10% off any order! Offer expires 5/31/2017.

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Isn’t she cute?!? This is my daughter, 5 years ago with her first pair of glasses! She will be getting a new prescription in a week. I can’t wait to show her this adorable pair! And I will be taking advantage of that coupon code above!